A randomized controlled study of parent-assisted Children's Friendship Training with children having autism spectrum disorders.
|Title||A randomized controlled study of parent-assisted Children's Friendship Training with children having autism spectrum disorders.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2010|
|Authors||Frankel, F, Myatt R, Sugar C, Whitham C, Gorospe CM, Laugeson E|
|Journal||Journal of autism and developmental disorders|
|Date Published||2010 Jul|
|Keywords||Behavior Therapy, Child, Child Development Disorders, Pervasive, Female, Friends, Humans, Interpersonal Relations, Male, Parents, Patient Selection, Peer Group, Play and Playthings, Questionnaires, Social Behavior, Treatment Outcome|
This study evaluated Children's Friendship Training (CFT), a manualized parent-assisted intervention to improve social skills among second to fifth grade children with autism spectrum disorders. Comparison was made with a delayed treatment control group (DTC). Targeted skills included conversational skills, peer entry skills, developing friendship networks, good sportsmanship, good host behavior during play dates, and handling teasing. At post-testing, the CFT group was superior to the DTC group on parent measures of social skill and play date behavior, and child measures of popularity and loneliness, At 3-month follow-up, parent measures showed significant improvement from baseline. Post-hoc analysis indicated more than 87% of children receiving CFT showed reliable change on at least one measure at post-test and 66.7% after 3 months follow-up.
|Alternate Journal||J Autism Dev Disord|